Garbage build-up in the 13th district of Ulaanbaatar.
I passed this place every single day thinking “oh I’ll take a photo of it tomorrow”. This went on for months even though I had my camera on me every day. Lazy photographer. When I decide to actually take the picture it was being cleaned-up. The mountain of garbage was at least twice as tall the day before I photographed it.
This is atypical of every other building I (or my wife) have seen in Mongolia. Every single apartment, house, and ger I’ve ever been in has been immaculately maintained and cleaned. Every home I’ve seen was greatly cared for and would embarrass any most people I know. I’ve never been to Russia but for it’s southern neighbors I could never say the same. (I’d rather shit in Mongol outhouse in winter than the bathroom of my Beijing hotels.)
This garbage pile pissed-off my friends who lived in the building that stood about 10 meters to the right of where I took this picture. They said (no duh) that it brought lots of bugs to their place. Not the mention that it smelled horrid. No doubt the people on the lower floors here were even more frustrated by whoever dropped the ball here.
My wife suspects that the building manager didn’t pay the garbage collectors or were in some kind of fight because every place around it had their trash collected as usual.
If any of my Mongolian followers know what happened here I’d love to know. Also — is it still going on? It was when I last lived there in December 2012.